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production crew have been freed from syria after being held captive for five days. they came under fire at a rebel checkpoint on monday. he said his captors talked openly about their loyalty to president assad. under hospital care after 4 -- after a stroke. there is discussion about whether to fly president talabani abroad for treatment appeared correct -- portrait and. -- for treatment. and pres. zuma and won comfortably, but many people question his role following allegations of corruption. jonathan edwards report. >> it could be the first world -- clean, tidy, prosperous. south africa's black middle class is now 3 million strong. this place is where the anc was founded a century ago. today, its leaders enjoy all the trappings of the area as they turn up for their conference. the anc remains remarkably relaxed, not even the discovery of a white extremist bomb plot has upset them. still, all is not well with the party. the president, jacob zuma, is being challenged by his deputy. president zuma himself has been strongly accused of corruption, raised here in his speech. >> we can stop c
engel, has escaped from kidnappers in northern syria. he and his crew said they were dragged from their car on thursday by gunman supporting the assad regime. they escaped last night when their captors became engaged in a firefight with rebel forces. engel spoke in turkey today, flanked by two of his crew. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days are days that we would rather forget. if you can understand, we just came out now. we haven't even left yet. we're very tired. >> holman: engel said he and his colleagues were kept bound and blindfolded, and subjected to mock executions. it was unclear whether all of the crew members escaped. five people working with a u.n. polio vaccination campaign in pakistan were shot to death today, possibly as part of a taliban campaign. a sixth worker was killed a day earlier. we have a report narrated by lindsey hilsum of independent television news. >> reporter: they were trying to prevent pakistani children from being crippled by po
to sing us a patriotic song, but she was soon overwhelmed by the general chant, "god, syria, bashar al-assad." asked tow draw a picture, this little artist came up with tanks and guns in the colors of the government flag. this is one of several shelters across damascus for people displaced by the fighting. >> ( translated ): the reason we're doing this is because we've seen what happens to syrians who have to leave the country for refugee camps. they're treated very badly. we don't want that to happen again. >> reporter: they may wear anoraks, but they claim anywhere here is welcome, whatever their political affiliation. perhaps, predictably, we couldn't find anyone here who said they support 9 rebels. one said, "any opportunity to go home would be lethal." >> ( translated ): they threaten me. if i go back, because i did not go to partly to mostly there, because i support the president. >> reporter: in a place where assad's senior and junior stare down, as families eat, one man still wouldn't speak openly, even in denouncing the rebels in a place like that. >> ( translated ): sometimes
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